September 2nd will go down as the day 50 Shades of Grey took over Twitter. After much speculation and lots and lots of rumors, Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele finally have faces! E.L. James announced, via her Twitter account, the casting choices today. Some were happy with the choices, some were very, very angry.
Charlie Hunnam, 33, is a British actor and screenwriter. He was chosen to portray Mr. Spanker himself, Christian Grey. You may know him from his role as Jax on Sons of Anarchy. I’ve never seen SOA but I’m hearing rumblings that he plays an intense character on that show and he can pull Christain off. Apparently, he’s already shown his rear on SOA and it’s a nice one. I hope my husband doesn’t check my Google search history! According to reports, Charlie was chosen almost a week ago but they kept it under wraps until the role of Anastasia was chosen.
Dakota Johnson, 23, was chosen to portray the innocent Anastasia Steele. Dakota is the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson. She started her career as a model with IMG and then transitioned to acting. She was a supporting actress in 21 Jump Street, The Five-Year Engagement and The Social Network. This is, by far, her biggest role.
Not knowing either of these actors, I’m fine with these choices. Some of the pictures of Charlie being passed around on Twitter scream “Christian Grey” to me. I think I’m going to hold off on checking out Sons of Anarchy until after 50 Shades has released. I don’t want to taint my movie experience with seeing him as Jax beforehand. With that being said, I am SO EXCITED to see 50 Shades on the big screen! It will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson with a release date of August 2014. Bring on the “red room of pain!”
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